11/22/63: A Novel

by Stephen King

Scribner | November 8, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

11/22/63: A Novel is rated 4.1111 out of 5 by 9.
ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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Published: November 8, 2011

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451627300

ISBN - 13: 9781451627305

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish it was longer!! I LOVED every word of this book! Actually, I thought it was too short! I wished it was a few hundred pages longer! I hope he makes it into a movie someday! I borrowed it from a friend but then had to go buy my own copy!
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! Couldn't put it down!! I hope it's made into a movie!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is an incredible read! Stephen King has come up with a concept of taking a tragic event in history and making us think...what if?  I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read This book is amazing. I can't put it down.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the time Too long a read, I skipped a few chapters because the story stretched itself. King reintroduced some of his "It" book characters but it does not add anything to the story. Disappointing as is the end of the book.
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Jake Epping is a thirty-five year-old school teacher in Maine. His friend Al, who owns a small diner, tells Jake that the storeroom of his diner contains a portal to the past-- to September, 1958. Al says that he's spent the last four years living back in the late 1950's and early '60s in an effort to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Al has a fatal disease now and asks Jake to use the portal to take his place and stop the assassination. Al believes that maybe the Vietnam War may never occur and lots of good will come from this action. Jake willingly complies and does a test travel where he is able to kill one of his students' father before the father kills everyone else in the family. He comes back to plan with the help of Al's notes and return to 1958 which resets actions. Jake must again kill his student's father and live for the remaining 4 years planning his actions to counter the assassination. King does a masterful job of setting the scenes with obvious research. Were there conspiracies? Where the book falls short is that Jake was a non-descript person going through the motions of life and all of a sudden is the big hero. He is able to murder with no qualms and seems to handle all the ugliness of the situation having had no prior experience at all. I did enjoy Jake going through the ordinary life of the early 60s. I particularly enjoyed King's take on what would happen if we were able to change past events.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Am I done yet? Wow, disappointing. Gave it 2 stars because I actually finished it, but wasn't sure I would. No one does far fetched better than King, but this just didn't hang together. A real excuse for an ending, too, but at least it finally finished.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I was hooked on this story by page 10 and was riveted right through to the end. There is no gore, like in many of Stephen King's books, but there is fantastic story telling. It really made you start thinking about things, and time travel and history, and makes you ask "what would be different?". A great, great book.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Bending Time Travel This is the first book of Stephen King that I have read. I like reading historical fiction novels and this book is one of the best of them. The time travel stuff is a typical science fiction* but marrying it with history, a very important moment in history, make this novel a joy to read. It is evident that Stephen King really invested a lot of time making the story because of the multiple twists and turns employed, as well as multiple surprises at every turn. WARNING: I recommend this book only to those who knows that not everything they read are facts (believe me, people believe in fantastically made-up "facts"). This book uses the many conspiracies which is presented to its readers as facts. Bear in mind that it is highly required to treat this story as a fine piece of literature and not as an empirical source of b.s. *for now anyway
Date published: 2011-12-24

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11/22/63: A Novel

by Stephen King

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: November 8, 2011

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451627300

ISBN - 13: 9781451627305

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ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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